WHY LEARNING GRAMMAR HAS A BAD REPO?
Most people have a negative experience of learning grammar, remembering very strict English teachers who would hold regimented and often incredibly boring drills, reciting rules, and plowing through the hideously dull reading material. These experiences made them feel that grammar was not only a subject to dread but that it was useless and detached from everyday life.
However, this kind of learning approach often fails to teach the most important thing about grammar: an appreciation that without it, we would not be able to communicate or understand each other.
Communication is made possible because we not only know the same words, but we can link them together in sentences or patterns that we can understand. It wouldn’t make sense, for example, if someone jumbled up the words of a sentence so it would be (using the last few words) example since words would if for the jumble.
CAUSE FOR CONCERN
Unfortunately, there is a movement in the educational system to take out the Grammar Class. This has serious consequences. Even if students eventually pick up reading or writing skills, they will not be able to master the structures and the rules of grammar. This has been one reason why many graduates score significantly lower on English exams or make previously unacceptable grammar mistakes at work. Several CEOs have lamented that it is now difficult to find someone who can speak or write English impeccably.
WHY GRAMMAR IS USEFUL IN REAL LIFE
Grammar lets us communicate our thoughts with confidence. Have you ever felt that you were grappling for words, or unable to say what I really feel? Have you ever felt a little helpless because you couldn’t write a stirring love letter or even compose a memo to someone in your staff? People who have a mastery of grammar never feel like they’re unable to express themselves. They can speak or write without feeling insecure.
Grammar reflects on our image and influences other people’s perception of us. Someone can be very smart and good at what he does, but if he opens his mouth and breaks all known rules of subject-verb agreement in the first sentence, he looks stupid and uneducated. The fact is that the most successful people from powerful politicians to persuasive lawyers to managers who can coolly secure a huge contract just by negotiating with other companies are masters of the English language.